Today's show is a Valentine's Card from Sonoma County, California. Journalist and author Jonah Raskin is Thorne Dreyer's guest in a Valentine's Day special of sorts. Jonah reads some Valentine's Day poems and he'll also discuss the British TV series, Vera, a police procedural that reveals the "Other England." Vera, Jonah says, has a certain "Shakespearian veracity." And he'll talk about homelessness in Sonoma County's wealthy Wine Country and report on the latest on the marijuana business.
Cultural Critic, media scholar, journalist, author, and activist Jonah Raskin's latest "California noir" novel is Dark Day, Dark Night. His earlier novel featuring private eye Tioga Vignetta was Dark Land, Dark Mirror. Jonah is an activist and educator and the author of more than a dozen books (and poetry chap books), including biographies of Allen Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman. His writing appears on a number of sites including High Times, CounterPunch, and The Rag Blog. This is Jonah Raskin's seventh visit to Rag Radio.
Above: Jonah Raskin at the KOOP studios, Dec. 18, 2015. Photo by Roger Baker / Rag Radio.
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